The divorce process is a tricky process, and it famously gets nasty in some respects. In most cases, the necessary steps to complete a divorce go as smoothly as both parties can manage to make it. Sometimes, outside factors like children play a large role in how a divorce finishes ‘clean.’
And, sometimes, those aforementioned factors can make both parties act upon their emotions during a divorce, making the process longer than it needs. When this happens, both parties may also make their attorney fees higher than they need to be.
Reduce your lawyer’s fees by acting reasonable
Attorney fees cost a lot. Many charge hundreds by the hour, and those fees usually end up costing thousands of dollars at the end of the divorce process. Couple that with additional fees and both parties may end up paying a lot for legal aid during a divorce.
Believe it or not, dishonesty plays a large role in making attorney fees balloon. Demonstrating honesty is the most important thing both parties owe each other during the divorce process.
If they’re not completely honest, their finances will suffer. That’s because their attorneys will be shouldering most of the responsibility of managing and investigating both parties. Let’s see some examples:
If both parties can’t talk to each other respectfully about child custody matters, they’ll have to enlist their attorneys to communicate with each other, speaking for them. As a result, they’ll have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in fees just to arrange a single visit to sort out those issues.
Impromptu or ongoing investigations also run up attorney fees. Attorneys have to spend a lot of time finding out more information about either party. If one or both parties remain dishonest, either attorney will have to spend time investigating everything the opposing party presents them. And, that costs attorneys a lot of time, so they charge accordingly.
One party may have to pay those fees if the courts order them. This usually happens in cases where the supporting party is ordered to pay child support or fulfill their child visitation agreement. They’re also awarded to parties who earn more money than the other party or if they know more about the worth of their community property. Some jurisdictions make it the responsibility of both parties to pay legal fees.
Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of both parties to avoid paying unnecessarily high legal fees by remaining amicable with one another. If they manage that, they won’t have to pay more money than they need to during the divorce process.